The Cyberbullying Issue (And What Teachers Can Do To Help)

By Katie Lepi


Cyberbullying poses a problem for students that teachers and parents often can’t help with – because they don’t always know. The internet (and mobile technologies) has brought bullying to a place outside the easy access of adults, who can’t intervene if they don’t know there’s a problem. With over 80% of teens using cell phones and social media sites, technology is connecting our students in ways they may be unable to escape.

The handy infographic below takes a look at some statistics about cyberbullying, along with some tips for both parents and educators. Keep reading to learn more.


  • Over 80% of teens use both cell phones and social media sites
  • 1 in 6 teens are cyberbullied
  • 16.2% of high school students have reported being bullied in the last year
  • Girls are cyberbullied two times as often as boys
  • White students are cyberbullied two times as often as black students
  • 10th grade is typically the worst for cyberbullying
  • Bullying is illegal in every US state except for Montana
  • The state with the highest cyberbullying rate is New Hampshire, where 21.6% of teens report that they’ve been cyberbullied
  • Cyberbullying occurs less than offline bullying (16% vs 20%)
  • Students who are cyberbullied are more likely to commit suicide
  • Only 1 in 10 students who are cyberbullied reach out for help

Tips For Teachers

  • Teach your students that cyberbullying is wrong
  • Listen and respond to all reports of cyberbullying
  • Create a system for reports to be documented
  • Have students work on anti-cyberbullying projects
  • Host speakers on the topic of bullying
  • Ensure that your classroom is a safe place


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One thought on “

  1. A great and direct piece of information. Hats off to the author for gathering so specific and spot on information.
    the applause in the comments do the justice. Great piece of information.

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